Sint-Truidense V.V.

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Club crest
Full name Koninklijke Sint-Truidense
Nickname(s) De Kanaries (The Canaries)
Founded February 23, 1924
Ground Stayen, Sint-Truiden
Ground Capacity 14,600
Chairman Bart Lammens
Manager Yannick Ferrera
League Belgian Second Division
2013–14 Belgian Second Division, 3rd

Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈsɪnt ˈtrœy̯də(n)sə ˈvudbɑlvərˌeːnəɣɪŋ]), commonly known as Sint-Truiden or STVV (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛs ˈteː ˈveː ˈveː]) or by their nickname De Kanaries (Dutch pronunciation: [də kaːˈnaːris], is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Sint-Truiden in Limburg. Sint-Truiden plays in the Belgian Second Division and their best ranking was a second place in Jupiter Pro League 1965–66. They also reached the final of the Belgian Cup twice.

The club was founded in 1924. They are matricule number 373. Their most capped player for the Belgium national football team is Odilon Polleunis with 20 caps (between 1968 and 1971), all when he was at Sint-Truiden. The club colours are yellow and blue, hence their knickname De Kanaries, meaning 'The Canaries'. They play their home games at the Staaienveld since 1927.


The club was created in 1924 following the merger between F.C. Union and F.C. Goldstar, two clubs from Sint-Truiden. The colors of the club were chosen to be yellow and blue, the colors of the city, and it was named Sint-Truidense Voetbal Vereeniging. The first game of the team, against Cercle Tongeren, was played in front of 9 attendees. In the late 1930s, Léopold Appeltans was the leading player of Sint-Truidense. He became on November 21, 1948 the first capped player for Belgium while playing at this club. In the late 1940s it qualified for the second division. It also changed its name to Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging in 1947 and it made a final addition to it in 1952. Five years later it finished second of the second division and thus played the next season in the first division. The then few known manager Raymond Goethals arrived at Sint-Truiden in 1959. Under his management, the team finished second of the top division in 1966.

The former Sint-Truidense goalkeeper Jacky Mathijssen became the manager of the club in 2001 and remained at the helm for three seasons after which he left for Charleroi. He was replaced by Marc Wilmots, soon fired. The team finished the season under the coaching of the trio Guy Mangelschots, Eddy Raymaekers and Peter Voets. At the end of the 2004-05 season the board of directors hired Oostende manager Herman Vermeulen but he was fired on February 9, 2006 as the club pointed at the seventeenth position in the ranking. In 2008 the women's team of FCL Rapide Wezemaal joined STVV.

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March, 2015.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Albania DF Mërgim Vojvoda (on loan from Belgium Standard Liège)
3 Italy DF Alessandro Iandoli
4 France MF Pierre-Baptiste Baherlé
5 Burundi DF David Habarugira
6 Belgium MF Gaëtan Hendrickx
7 Belgium MF Mehdi Lazaar
8 Morocco DF Faycal Rherras
10 Belgium MF Redouan Aalhoul
11 Belgium MF Joeri Dequevy
14 Belgium DF Dimitri Daeseleire
15 Uruguay DF Rodrigo Rojo (on loan from Hungary Újpest)
16 Belgium MF Rob Schoofs
18 Belgium MF Matthias Odeurs
19 France DF Yvan Erichot
No. Position Player
20 Central African Republic FW Hilaire Momi
21 Belgium MF Mathias Schils
22 Brazil MF Edmilson Junior
23 Germany DF Sascha Kotysch
24 Rwanda DF Salomon Nirisarike
27 Belgium MF Iebe Swers
28 France GK William Dutoit
30 Slovenia GK Emil Velic
32 Ukraine GK Ihor Berezovskyi (on loan from Belgium Lierse)
Belgium MF Carlo Evertz
Belgium FW Yannis Mbombo
France FW Yohan Boli
Portugal DF Rúben Fernandes

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2011.

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

  • Manager: Yannick Ferrera
  • Assistant manager: Chris O'Loughlin
  • Assistant manager: Peter Delorge
  • Goalkeeping coach: Guy Jongbloed
  • Physical coach: Rudy Kalerna
  • Scouting: Danny Boffin
  • Teamafgevaardigde: Marcel Ladang
  • Material Master: Jean-Luc Bottin
  • Club Doctor: Koen Pansaers
  • Club Doctor: Jan Mievis
  • Physiotherapist: Jan Vavedin
  • Physiotherapist: Arnold Wilmots



European record[edit]

As of March 5, 2006:
Competition APP P W D L GF GA
Intertoto Cup 2 8 5 0 3 15 8